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Coffee Hour Archive

TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour recordings are not eligible for delayed viewing credits. To earn CEUs for participating in upcoming sessions, please visit the current registration page.

Sound Travels

Open captioned. This session will provide a collection of tools and strategies that Orientation and Mobility Specialists can use in the evaluation and development of their student’s auditory skills. Examine ways to build strong working relationships with the student's audiologist, teacher of the Deaf/hard of hearing, and the speech and language pathologist (SLP), as we work to better understand the environmental hearing needs of our students and clients with a dual sensory loss.

Traveling to Transition and Beyond: O&M for Ages (15-64)

Open captioned. Andrew Bernet is a blind COMS at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center providing training to working age adults. Come listen to him share how O&M changes when working with students when they are ready to start looking at college or a career. He will include information about the training at Criss Cole and share his own travel experiences as a blind professional.

Family on the Move

Open captioned and ASL. A mom who is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist will share her experiences with creative opportunities for O&M learning in the home for her DeafBlind son, including home and school connections, and "common ground" activity ideas for whole families to share in.

IFSP Meetings are not ARDs/IEPs for Babies

Open captioned. In this Coffee Hour, we will talk about required documentation, the laws and rules around IFSP meetings, who is required to attend, and what a typical meeting looks like.

Don’t Build Your House on the Sand: IEPs, PLAAFPs and Goals

Open captioned. When building a house, it’s important to build on a strong foundaiton so it doesn’t fall down later. Creating an IEP starts the same way--with strong statements of present levels that lead to pertinent and collaborative standards-based goals. As boring as this topic may sound, we'll have some fun this session while we review the necessary components for a strong and compliant foundation for students' IEPs.

Participants will:
• Know and understand the components of a PLAAFP statement
• Know and understand the components of goals for IEPs
• Describe the connection between PLAAFP statements, state standards, and goals, and how working collaboratively will benefit the process.

Supervising Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment? This Coffee Hour is for You!

Open captioned. Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TSVI's) have an untraditional role in districts ensuring educational access and instruction for students who are blind, low vision, and deafblind. This presentation will cover their role and responsibilities and ways you can support them; paving the way for you to become a SUPERvisor for your Super Teachers.

Let’s Be Real: Building and Maintaining Collaborative Relationships within the Team

Open captioned. Join us in kicking off the school year by exploring ways to build collaborative relationships with families and other educational members of your student’s team. We’ll talk about realistic strategies and approaches that maintain effective teaming throughout the busy school year.

Complex Learners: Setting Up for a Successful School Year

Open captioned. What creates a successful classroom for students with complex learning needs? In this session, Sara Kitchen & Sarah Mossberger will cover the most basic classroom strategies that allow for students to develop autonomy (I have a say), relatedness (I have positive relationships), and competence (I am successful).

Effective Itinerant Strategies (August 2023)

Open captioned. Rachel Collins began her teaching career as a deaf ed teacher in the local school district. She later became a teacher for students who are deafblind in a residential setting. However, she spent the majority of her teaching career as an itinerant teacher for students with visual impairments and deafblind specialist. She noticed that being a classroom teacher differs greatly from the itinerant role! Rachel Collins shares her experiences, some tips of the trade, and strategies that helped her navigate the Itinerant Teaching Role.

Get to the Point! – Succinct Communication with Educational Teams at the Beginning of the School Year

Effective communication with school staff at the beginning of the school year is always a challenge for itinerant TSVIs and COMS. Here are tips and strategies for quickly and effectively sharing information about your student with their educational team. Open captioned.

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